C-SPAN adds geography to lawmaker identifiers

For the first time in a decade, C-SPAN is changing the way it identifies House members. The network will list major cities within a congressional district along with party identification and state.

The changes also usher in more impressive graphics during coverage of House sessions, committee hearings and press conferences.

C-SPAN viewers who watch the network’s weekly coverage of the British House of Commons, where members’ local constituencies are identified, suggested the change.

“We reviewed the suggestion and agreed that adding geographic details about a congressional district was a way to localize Congress and even help viewers better understand the politics within a state,” said Paul Orgel, coordinating producer for congressional coverage at C-SPAN.

He said the November elections also motivated the adjustment.

“These types of details may be particularly useful to our audience with the upcoming midterm elections,” he said.